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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a Staff Correspondent at Route Fifty. She most recently worked as an investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee through a fellowship with the Project on Government Oversight. Previously, she covered law enforcement and the Justice Department for The Washington Times and local government in Maryland for The Gazette.
Management

Census Workers to Resume In-Person Visits to Boost Response Rate

About 40% of households have not yet responded to the 2020 census survey and the bureau estimates workers may have to visit 56 million households to follow up.

Finance

The Fight Continues Over Paying Enhanced Jobless Benefits Beyond July

Senate Democrats introduced legislation that would extend the $600-per-week unemployment supplement, but Republicans say the size of the extra payment discourages people from returning to work.

Management

For July Fourth, Many Cities Go Virtual or Cancel Fireworks Displays

Some larger cities have opted to cancel their Independence Day fireworks while others are hosting virtual events or taking steps to encourage social distancing. New York City is planning a nightly surprise show each day this week.

Management

U.S. House Approves D.C. Statehood for First Time in History

The historic vote in the House of Representatives will be met with opposition in the Senate.

Health & Human Services

A New Jersey City Mandates Business Inspections Before Reopening

Newark created a color-coded permitting system that indicates a business’ level of risk based on its health and safety plan.

Management

Experts Say Investment Needed in Both Absentee, In-Person Voting Before November

Difficulties that emerged during Kentucky and New York’s primary elections Tuesday underscore the need for more resources to accommodate voters who cast ballots by mail and in person.

Finance

Cities Delay Infrastructure Projects Amid Covid-19 Budget Uncertainty

A survey by the National League of Cities Found that more than 700 cities are cancelling or delaying infrastructure projects because of budget shortfalls caused by the pandemic.

Finance

Four States Have Borrowed Money to Pay Unemployment Benefits

Thirty-six states borrowed from the federal government after the Great Recession, which over time led some to restrict unemployment benefits.

Health & Human Services

Virginia Strives to Weave Health Equity Into Its Coronavirus Response

The state’s Health Equity Leadership Task Force is pursuing partnerships with local governments in order to get protective gear and information about the virus to minority communities.

Infrastructure

House Democrats Lay Out $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Democrats say the proposal would help create jobs necessary to help the economy recover after the coronavirus pandemic. While the Trump administration this week also floated more infrastructure spending, it would likely face stiff opposition in the Senate.

Management

Virginia, New York Declare Juneteenth a State Holiday

Governors in both states are giving state workers a paid day off as they propose legislation to commemorate the emancipation of slaves.

Public Safety

Trump Signs Police Reform Executive Order to Encourage More Training, Other Changes

The order will incentivize police departments to meet use of force training and certification standards, share information about excessive use of force complaints and to dispatch social workers with police on certain calls.

Public Safety

Supreme Court Declines to Take Up Limits of Legal Immunity for Police

The court decided not to consider eight cases that challenge the legal doctrine of qualified immunity, which has been used to throw out civil lawsuits about police use of force.

Public Safety

Nashville Follows Tennessee's Lead, Stops Sharing Coronavirus Patient Information with Police

The city’s board of health voted to stop sharing names and addresses of people who tested positive for Covid-19 with law enforcement after lawmakers raised privacy concerns.

Management

A Dip in the Public Pool This Summer? Local Leaders Weigh What’s Possible

Some states are giving the go-ahead for municipalities to open pools, but that doesn’t mean local governments will have the staff or financial resources to do so.

Management

Report Says States’ Age Limits on Absentee Voting Are Unconstitutional

Seven states that require voters to provide an excuse in order to vote by mail allow older voters to cite their age as a reason to vote absentee.

Public Safety

Congressional Democrats Introduce Sweeping Police Reform Bill

The legislation would seek to ban police practices such as chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases, as well as require state and local police agencies to collect more data on officers' use of force.

Infrastructure

Senate, House Push Transportation Bills to Help Coronavirus Recovery

House Democrats introduced their own $500 billion transportation bill this week. Republicans said it does not include their funding priorities.

Public Safety

Did Curfews Work? Cities Begin to Roll Back Restrictions

Police say curfews helped quell violence as they begin to lift restrictions, but civil liberties advocates say that they are actually used to stop peaceful protests.